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Title: SOTM November 2019: Goin' Down Slow
Post by: Johnm on November 10, 2019, 09:51:36 AM
Hi all,
It seemed a shame not to have a Song of the Month this month, and I had been wracking my brain for a "Blues Standard", one that had been played and recorded by a host of players, like "Louise" or "Prison Bound".  "Goin' Down Slow" certainly falls into that category.  The original version was recorded in 1941 by St. Louis Jimmy Oden, with accompaniment by Roosevelt Sykes.  Here is that original version:

https://youtu.be/A_70mdkHMB4

Since that initial recording, "Goin' Down Slow" has been played and recorded by a Who's Who of blues musicians.  I'll just post a few versions here and let the rest of you scout out some more versions.  Here is a live version from Mance Lipscomb:

https://youtu.be/J6phZSOxzLA

Here's a version by one of my favorite singers, Alec Seward, recorded at a party, with Sonny Terry along for the ride:

https://youtu.be/Yv68OmyZJwU

Here's Ralph Willis with "New Goin' Down Slow":

https://youtu.be/DsHoZ5Gh_Jk

Here's Dr. Ross doing it in Spanish tuning:

https://youtu.be/WdAur9V0jlc

Any other favorite versions of "Goin' Down Slow" out there?

All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: SOTM November 2019: Goin' Down Slow
Post by: eric on November 10, 2019, 10:20:43 AM
Hard to choose, there are a lot of good versions!  Here's Ray Charles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ho9wTcPTm0
Title: Re: SOTM November 2019: Goin' Down Slow
Post by: lindy on November 10, 2019, 10:59:01 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxYl2UFIgVQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARM3uF4cAbg
Title: Re: SOTM November 2019: Goin' Down Slow
Post by: jtbrown on November 10, 2019, 02:10:59 PM
Little Walter's oddly upbeat rendition (under the title "I Had My Fun") is the first one I ever heard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x17iohd1SiQ
Title: Re: SOTM November 2019: Goin' Down Slow
Post by: banjochris on November 10, 2019, 08:42:23 PM
And this great one – Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf:

https://youtu.be/s865qLWy8-g
Title: Re: SOTM November 2019: Goin' Down Slow
Post by: Stuart on November 10, 2019, 09:50:37 PM
Hell, without a Song of the Month we might as well not have the month--we'll just go straight from October to December. But since John mercifully stepped in to save 30 days from disappearing from my pathetic existence, I might as well make a contribution:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbvIE_iC7eE
Title: Re: SOTM November 2019: Goin' Down Slow
Post by: alyoung on November 11, 2019, 12:14:24 AM
From left field ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cUtKH7ICKU

Title: Re: SOTM November 2019: Goin' Down Slow
Post by: Prof Scratchy on November 11, 2019, 02:18:42 AM
Great choice. So many versions that are new to me. Here’s the version I first heard many years ago: https://youtu.be/FHdSTrIBlUc


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Title: Re: SOTM November 2019: Goin' Down Slow
Post by: eric on November 11, 2019, 09:56:50 AM
There's are so many versions of this on YouTube that if I keep scrolling, I'll probably find a cover by Dean Martin.  Anyway, this Daddy Stovepipe fellow is pretty good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Dc3BGhpSpY
Title: Re: SOTM November 2019: Goin' Down Slow
Post by: Johnm on November 15, 2019, 05:46:13 AM
Hi all,
Here's a version by J. B. Hutto.  I've always admired his screamy vocals.

https://youtu.be/y0ZVPNQg7-A

All best,
Johnm
Title: Re: SOTM November 2019: Goin' Down Slow
Post by: Johnm on March 19, 2020, 10:16:05 PM
Hi all,
Like Little Walter, Pink Anderson recorded "Goin' Down Slow" as "I Had My Fun".  Here it is:

https://youtu.be/TamPWQaW-JM

All best,
Johnm
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